Looking to purchase a gaming laptop

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    Hi everyone,
    I have copied and pasted the form and I really look forward to reading your advice.
    I was actually was signposted to this forum by a review of a laptop on pcgamer.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    £1300-£1600 (would like mouse recommendation too)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming/Watching live sports/netflix/websurfing/working remotely/no videoing editing needed

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Would not say so - normally I just have it at home with me. Would not be taking it to work with me, but maybe out to a cafe/bar

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes - WOW Shadowlands (due out before end of 2020)
    Recommended Requirements CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU SPEED: Info RAM: 8 GB OS: Windows 10 64-bit VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 PIXEL SHADER: 5.1 VERTEX SHADER: 5.1 FREE DISK SPACE: 100 GB DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 8192 MB
    Citi Skylines/FM2020/have never played any games other than these on a PC so potentially there is the chance of looking at high end games (but I normally leave that to the playstation)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not sure of the answer to this but I normally always take the charger with me anywhere I go.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Online is fine - I did purchase an MSI on 2015 but it was far too noisy and bulky (17") and I sent it back to Amazon.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Currently I have a MacBook early 2015 model so I think 5 years life is not bad and I am due an upgrade really. Working from home over the past couple of months I have found my MacBook frustrating as working remotely i really need a windows based laptop for accessing word/powerpoint and I can navigate much better. Also, the battery dies between 25-35% now, needing replacing. Coconutbattery has it at 717 cycle out of 1000.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    Will edit this when I see what it said at the bottom of the OP!

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    I would prefer a non-glossy screen although I would not really be using it in bright light when indoors.
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    I would rather it be a little discreet in appearance however it isn't a dealbreaker
    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    I guess this depends on the games I have on the laptop?
    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5+ years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    A month - I do not need it for work but I do occasionally take it out at the weekend to work on. I have a desktop at home but this is also quite old, hence me choosing a laptop over a desktop as the laptop needs to be replaced, the desktop doesn't (yet).

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Would be willing to pay extra

    I would like to be able to transfer years worth of documents over from my desktop to a new laptop but also, crucially, I have years worth of music on my current desktop in iTunes which is not on CDs or available on Spotify. My iTunes is a mess, duplicates of tracks/various iTunes folders/sub folders. I require some of this music for work so I would like to know whether it is easy to transfer this music from my current desktop to a laptop (although I guess I then have the added thought of 'How do I burn a CD?' because laptop doesn't have this and I normally use a YouTube to MP3 burning program too. These aren't deal breakers but things I would be considering. Do I need to have iTunes at all? It just all plays through iTunes because of various music/videos purchased and added throughout the years.

    Speaking of considering, I have looked a lot at the Asus Zephyr G14 range, however, in the past 2 days I have really liked the look of
    This is currently £1399.99
    I then watched this video review.

    I know this is for the R7 4800H and the one I have linked is the next one in line.

    Many thanks for reading.
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